Huffman: State tourney next destination for Bull City
After facing elimination in the first part of the district tournament, Bull City Little League’s 9-10 year old all-star team has made it to the next step on its journey to be the best.
The team made it to the district final tournament of four teams. The district tournament was split into two separate locations. Some teams played in Wilson and the rest played in Fayetteville. Each sight would have an undefeated champion and a one-loss champion. From the Wilson bracket, Wilson and Bull City made the finals. From Fayetteville, Kiwanis Little League and Stedman Little League were the final two.
The first matchup was between Bull City and Stedman. After a sluggish start to the game, they saw themselves down 2-0 after one inning. But, they would start hitting the ball in the second and put six runs on the scoreboard to take a 6-2 lead into the fifth inning. After adding two more in the fifth, they had a rather comfortable lead. The team however disagreed and added six more runs in the sixth to finish the game with a 14-2 win over Stedman Little League. With the win, Bull City advanced to the final game with a chance at the state tournament and eliminated Stedman.
The mood at the hotel after the game was very loose as the team enjoyed a nice swim at the pool before winding down and snacking on several boxes of pizza. The next morning, the team made the trip out to the field in Wilson for a make-or-break game.
The game between Bull City and Kiwanis started off as a pitcher’s duel with a scoreless game through the first two innings. Bull City then capitalized on mistakes made by Kiwanis and took a 2-0 lead into the final two innings. What Bull City lacked in hitting during the game, it made up for in defense. After a very dominating pitching performance, the team would score three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-0 lead and end the game by that score.
After shaking hands with the team that pushed them to the brink, Bull City celebrated with a dog pile in left field. The team had finally made it to state tournament after fighting with the possibility of elimination, the tough competition, and the weather.
The 9-10 year olds are not the only team from Bull City to make it to the state tournament. Bull City’s 7-8 year old defeated Wilson Little League to go undefeated and advance to the state tournament. The 11-12 year olds were one step away from winning the district tournament on Sunday night. Result were not available by deadline of this story. The 9-10s are scheduled to start play in the state tournament this coming Saturday in Wilson.
Congratulations to all of the Bull City teams for all they accomplished and good luck in the state tournament.
Ben Huffman is a rising sophomore at Riverside High School. To reach him, email firstname.lastname@example.org.